Is watchdog.exe safe or is this malware?



Purpose of watchdog.exe:









watchdog.exe file purpose and description:

This file is part of "Mobile phone tools". This name is also used by many other vendors including "Watchdog-O-Matic" and even Mustek (scanners for example). The location listed below is for the mobile phone tools. Since many different applications are using this same name, and some are a virus and some are not a virus, I recommend going into the folder and just renaming watchdog.exe to a name like watchdog.backup. This way the watchdog.exe program cannot run anymore and over time you will see if you have any trouble accessing applications which may be related to this executable. You can always rename it back if necessary and this will help put your mind at ease. Its a simple way to validate something when you have a potential virus name like this watchdog.exe program which is a name used by different software vendors. (There is even a driver file named watchdog.sys which is located here .... C:\Windows\System32\drivers\watchdog.sys .... but this is a normal driver file just using a similiar name). (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
watchdog.exe

File type:
This is an executable file.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This file is located at C:\Program Files\mobile PhoneTools\watchdog.exe


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, watchdog.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of watchdog.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!